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Yoenis Cespedes’ hog is at the butcher’s

Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes speaks during a baseball press conference at CitiField in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Cespedes agreed to a $75 million, three-year deal with the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


From the files of “not at all surprising but, oh man, this is gonna be delicious,” comes word of what happened with that hog Yoenis Cespedes bought at that county fair the other day. Mets reporters were all told this morning that it was at the butcher’s.

People who have been following Cespedes’ career for a long time are aware of the fact that his first introduction to most of us involved a long training video featuring snippets of him cooking a hog on a spit over an open fire. The scene even gave rise to the blog/podcast/happening known as Cespedes Family BBQ, run by friends of HBT, Jordan Shusterman and Jake Mintz. Anyone aware of that had to know what was coming next the moment they learned of Cespedes’ purchase the other day. This thing cost $7,000. He was not going to send it to a petting zoo.

All that’s left to learn now is whether Cespedes is going to (a) give the pork to local food pantries; (b) stock his freezer for the season; or (c) hold a team-bonding BBQ out on one of the back fields this weekend. And whether hungry and credentialed members of the media are invited.

Godspeed, porky.